Bless (ברך) And Blessing (ברכה).

Genesis 12:2
“2 I will make you {Abram} a great nation;
I will bless you
And make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.”

(Jesus blesses Abram.)

God made a big, sweeping statement to Abram in the opening verse.  According to Galatians 3:8, He had just preached to him the gospel concerning His Son and HE BELIEVED GOD.  That was the basis upon which He was blessed.

How did God preach the Gospel to Abram when His word was not written down word until Moses, some 2500 years in the future?  Amazingly, the entire New Testament is written in the night sky.  He recounted to him the gospel story as it is written in the stars.

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History Is HIS-Story.

All of creation, in fact all of history, is HIS STORY, meaning Jesus!  The Bible, first and foremost, is all about that one magnificent, unselfish, incomparable Person and His selfless redemption of all mankind. Remember:  It is not at the Name of God that every knee shall bow, but AT THE NAME OF JESUS EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW!!!

Everywhere you look He is there:  In every line, in every story, and even in the Hebrew language itself.  In fact, the very first two letters of the very first word in Genesis 1:1 spell “Son:  Bar (בָּר).  Yes, JESUS!

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The Law Of First Mention. 

There is a “law,” if you will, in the interpretation of scripture which states, The first mention or occurrence of a subject in Scripture establishes an unchangeable pattern, with that subject remaining unchanged in the mind of God throughout Scripture.”

In chapter 12 of Genesis is the first mention the word, “Blessing,” in the Bible.  Let’s see what it tells us about what is on God’s mind!

This was an amazing, all-encompassing blessing God gave to Abram!  Not only did He bless him, He said that He would make his name great and make him a blessing to others.


Secrets In The Hebrew Language.

Hebrew reads from right to left and is a language of picture writing, like Chinese.  These pictures are very consistent and tell us a story you would never get only from a definition of any given word.  They also give us a glimpse of its meaning from God’s perspective.

Bless, “barak,” is spelled like this in Hebrew:  [ברכ]
The word pictures are below:
[ב] bet = house
[ר] resh = head, think, meditate
[כ] kaf = hand curved in blessing.  
The letters, “Bet-resh” (בר) together spell “Bar.”   Even in Israel today this is the word for “son.”  “Kaf” (כ) is a picture of a curved hand extended in blessing.  The hand is curved like it would be if you placed it on someone’s shoulder.  It is a picture of the laying on of hands.

Put all that together and this is what the word bless means to God:
“The Son extends His Hand to bless.”  But bless with what?

This is the Hebrew word for “blessing,” and its Hebrew spelling:  “Blessing: barak-ah  [ברכה]
The first three letters you’ve met.  The letter at the far left, “Hei,”(ה) has been added.    It is the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet and a picture of an open window.  And what does God pour out of the windows of heaven?  Blessings!
He blesses us with His grace.  That’s why we say “hei” means “GRACE!”  Because it is also the number “5,” we say, “Five is the number of Grace!”

The message of the word, “Berecha,” is:
“The SON  extends His hand and blesses you with GRACE!”


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